Clinton leads in 2016 race; GOP wide open

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonKaine laughs off reputation as 'America's stepdad' on Colbert Trump claims ignorance on alt-right movement Trump campaign raising .5 million for transition efforts: report MORE leads the other potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates by a six-to-one margin, while the Republican race is wide open, a new poll suggests.

Clinton received 73 percent of support for a presidential bid among Democrats and independents leaning that way, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday. 

Vice President Biden came in second place with 12 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenProgressive groups urge Clinton to lead fight against a TPP vote Amazon hires antitrust lobbyist Jill Stein helps Trump as Ralph Nader helped Bush MORE (D-Mass) came in third with 8 percent.

The pollsters say Clinton’s lead is the largest recorded in 30 years of Washington Post-ABC News polling. 

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In a hypothetical match-up in the 2016 general election, Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), 53 percent to 41 percent. In 2012, the Post notes, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent in the popular vote. In 2008, Obama beat Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain's primary opponent takes shot at his age McCain, allies cheer watchdog report defending A-10 FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno MORE (Ariz.) 53 percent to 46 percent.

No one in the GOP field received as much support as Clinton in the poll. Six Republican candidates, in fact, received between 10 percent and 20 percent. 

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanGroup condemns Trump campaign CEO for 'anti-Catholic' remarks FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Analysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump MORE (R-Wis.) leads the pack with 20 percent support, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in second with 18 percent. Christie came in third place with only 13 percent among Republicans and independents leaning in that direction.

Forty-three percent of Republicans view Christie favorably, compared to 33 percent who view him unfavorably, the poll indicates.

Three Republican senators who may also run received the least amount of support in the poll. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics MORE (Texas) received 12 percent, Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley MORE (Ky.) had 11 percent and Marco RubioMarco RubioAnalysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Senate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support MORE (Fla.) received 10 percent.

Four percent of voters leaning Republican said they wouldn’t vote for any of the above candidates. The poll indicated 9 percent of them had no opinion of the GOP field. 

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